Security Alert: Baghdad (Iraq), Ordered Departure for all Non-Emergency Personnel

Location: Nationwide

Event: The U.S. State Department has ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. Government employees from Iraq, both at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil. Normal visa services at both posts will be temporarily suspended. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iraq.

Actions to Take:

Depart Iraq by commercial transportation as soon as possible

Avoid U.S. facilities within Iraq

Monitor local media for updates

Review personal security plans

Remain aware of surroundings

Review the complete Travel Advisory for Iraq

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)